Congressman Who Was Against Protecting Net Neutrality Flips Sides After Realizing The Harm Broadband Giants Can Cause

from the nice-to-see dept

Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of politicians come out on one side or another concerning the FCC's net neutrality plans, but most of them were pretty much expected. It actually was nice to see some net neutrality supporters be quite explicit in their support for Title II reclassification (like Senator Chuck Schumer), but beyond that there weren't too many surprises. That's why it was actually great to see Rep. Gary Peters, who is currently running for the Senate in Michigan, come out in favor of net neutrality, warning of the harm that could be caused by the fast lanes and slow lanes as allowed by the current FCC proposal.
"If large corporations can pay more for faster service for their content, this effectively creates a 'slow lane' for everyone else."
This is notable, because four years ago, Peters was actually one of the group of Representatives who actively opposed strong net neutrality rules by the FCC. It appears that four years later he's changed his mind. In his new statement, he makes it clear that he now realizes how many entrepreneurs and innovators rely on an open internet:
"Startups and small businesses are the engines of job creation and economic growth in Michigan, and they rely on open access to the Internet to stay competitive. I have serious concerns that allowing large, established corporations to purchase faster services puts these startups and small businesses at a disadvantage and stifles innovation."
That's a far cry from the letter Peters signed four years ago, which was entirely focused on the question of how these rules might upset the big broadband access providers. It's good to see Peters has realized that the future is in innovative startups, not in protecting big cable and telco oligopolies.

Filed Under: gary peters, innovation, michigan, net neutrality, reclassification, switching sides, title ii

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    Whatever (profile), 17 Jul 2014 @ 2:33am

    Re: Re: what is net neutrality really?

    The difference between you and me is that I am not afraid to ask... you just show ignorance by answering.

    charging customers more for equal access to other content

    despite all the fear mongering, we don't see any ISP's holding the internet for ransom. So far everything seem to be the opposite, based on the idea of premium access model and not crippling existing services. It's not that I agree with them, but this is what they appear to be doing.

    My point was only that the internet as it is and AS IT WAS SETUP is a question of peering. Google and some other companies have built their own infrastructure and pushed their direct connections right to the ISP peering points, and as a result may have very direct connections to your ISPs that others do not have, and this ALREADY and as it has been for a long time.

    Basic networking says that if Netflix has a pure connection to your ISP (peered direct) and others have to go through a third party (like Level3, Hurricane Electric, or similar) then Netflix would be in a preferential position. They have 10gig or 100 gig right into the network, and everyone else is going through the other shared door. Except for Google and many others who also peer directly and gain an advantage.

    Yet, this is pretty much how the internet has always worked. Does true net neutrality make these sorts of non-shared connections illicit and against the concept? Is there a model of TRUE net neutrality out there? How much of the current internet will be undone to accomplish it?

    Rather than being insulting and condesending, perhaps you can think about it and answer more clearly for me. I would love to hear your thoughts (and not your insults)

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